Research with impact
Our research influences and engages with the wider community, in Manchester and beyond, in so many ways.
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at Manchester is committed to research that makes a contribution to addressing some of the major challenges that face the UK and the world.
American Studies impact case studies
Archaeology impact case studies
- Meaningful monuments - what do historical sites mean to contemporary communities?
- Decades of archaeological research make Orkney a 'must-see' site
Art History and Visual Studies impact case studies
Centre for New Writing impact case studies
Classics and Ancient History impact case studies
Drama impact case studies
- From freak show to music hall - public performance of the 19th century
- The theatre of war - support for artists in conflict zones
English Literature and Creative Writing impact case studies
French Studies impact case studies
- New catalogue opens up archive of early- to mid- 20th century French Catholic theatre
- Introducing Algeria to the UK - co-curating the exhibition 'New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK'
German Studies impact case studies
History impact case studies
- Schools work and exhibitions highlight the story of Europe's post-war refugees
- Maps of Manchester immigration
- Scott of the Antarctic - the making of a hero
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) impact case studies
Linguistics and English Language impact case studies
- Challenging claims about human language
- European policies and local outreach support for Romani immigrants
- Multilingual Manchester - the biggest online resource on urban multilingualism
- Romani recognised as an expanding European language
Manchester Dance Consortium impact case studies
Medieval Studies impact case studies
Museology impact case studies
Music impact case studies
- New perspectives, fresh performances - a new side to Beethoven sonatas and other works
- Obscure no more - the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Religions and Theology impact case studies
- Manchester and the Dead Sea Scrolls - stimulating imaginations, creativity and heritage conservation
- The Rylands Genizah Collection - Opening a window on a thousand years of Jewish life in Cairo
Russian and East European Studies impact case studies
Our research benefits communities beyond academia, in Manchester, the UK and internationally.
The impact of our research is in a wide range of key areas:
- Influencing policy making and advising government: for example, our archaeologists have helped shape government policy on heritage conservation (see our Orkney impact case study); the EU’s European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages reflects significant input from our linguists (see our Romani recognised impact case study).
- Enriching cultural life through work with cultural assets in Manchester and throughout the UK (see our Art History and Visual Studies research impact page).
- Contributing to community cohesion: our historians have worked with local councils on mapping immigration in Greater Manchester; our language-based area studies specialists have helped inform the approaches European NGOs and policy makers to addressing inter-faith and inter-ethnic tensions.
- Working to improve responses to international conflicts and disasters: HCRI collaborates extensively with NGOs like Médecins Sans Frontières and International Federation of the Red Cross.
- Supporting the development of civil society: theatre scholars have had a major impact on civil society worldwide by enhancing the work of warzone practitioners.
- Enhancing the UK's cultural and heritage industries (one of our writers is a prominent contributor to the Guardian Masterclasses in creative writing; our museologists have authored curatorial plans underpinning the preservation and celebration of historical buildings; a SALC ancient historian helped develop the facial reconstruction technology now central to museum exhibitions around the world).
More information about the impact of our research can be found on individual subject area web pages.
We strongly believe that the public engagement we are involved in through our research goes hand-in-hand with the social responsibility agenda that informs our teaching and community outreach activities.